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December Birthstones

Modern – Blue Topaz, Turquoise Tanzanite  Traditional – Zircon  Mystical - Onyx Zircon is a very sparkly gem.  So much so that a colorless Zircon may be confused as a diamond.  Zircon is a natural gem (formed when magma crystalizes) and not to be confused with the lab created cubic zirconia. It occurs as small isolated or twin crystals in the form of stubby prisms. In it's purest form, Zircon is colorless but with the inclusion of impurities other colors such as brown, orange, red, blue and green emerge. 

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November Birthstones

Modern - Citrine & Yellow Topaz    Traditional - Citrine     Mystical - Pearl Citrine is a pale yellow to brown colored member of the quartz family. The variation in color is due to the amount of ferric (iron) impurities in the gemstone. The name citrine is derived from the Latin word for yellow - citrina - which is also the origin of the word citron.  Citrine has historically been referred to as the "merchant's stone" or "money stone" because it is thought to help with increasing prosperity and acquiring wealth.

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October Birthstones

Modern - Opal & Tourmaline   Traditional - Tourmaline     Mystical - Jasper The name Tourmaline is from turmali, an ancient Sinhalese word for "mixed color precious stone". Tourmaline has the ability to become electrically charged simply by heating (pyroelectricity) or rubbing (piezoelectricity). When charged, one end becomes positive and the other negative, allowing it to attract, or repel, particles of dust or bits of paper. These gems are highly valued as electrical tuning circuits for conducting television and radio frequencies because of their durability. High frequencies pass through them without shattering, unlike many other crystals. Some black tourmaline are double terminated enhancing the linear flow of energy in both directions.

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September Birthstones

Modern – Sapphire   Traditional – Sapphire  Mystical - Agate           Sapphire is considered one of the four traditional cardinal gemstones along with Emerald, Diamond, Amethyst and Ruby.  It is a member of the Corundum mineral family.  Corundum is one of the hardest minerals, second only to diamonds.  Even though blue is considered it's true color, sapphire is available in all colors of the rainbow with the exception of red because a red corundum is called a Ruby.   Additional mineral compounds along with aluminum oxide create the differences in color, and in the case of Blue Sapphire, iron and titanium provide its hue. The name Sapphire is derived from the Latin sapphirus, Greek sappheiros, and Sanskrit sanipryam, meaning “blue stone The only other sapphire with a special...

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August Birthstones - Peridot

 Modern – Peridot   Traditional – Sardonyx   Mystical - Diamond Peridot is a very intriguing transparent yellowish-green gem variety of the mineral forsterite olivine. It is a magnesium/iron silicate crystal formed in the igneous environment deep inside the mantle of the earth and is then brought to the surface with volcanic activity. Some also came to the earth as remnants of our solar system's birth in meteorites, though those are rare. The intensity of green in each gem depends on the amount of iron. The best-colored peridot has an iron percentage of less than 15% and includes nickel and chromium as trace elements. Peridot is an ancient gemstone that was used in jewelry as far back as the time of the Egyptian...

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